| 5:29 pm on Aug 3, 2001 (gmt 0)|
I've also gotten a number of referrals from them... usually less than 5 per week, but like you I have no idea why.
Please be sure to post anything you find out!
| 6:15 pm on Aug 3, 2001 (gmt 0)|
It is a fake referral. Someone is using proxies and scavenging your pages with that referrer. I believe they are probably using IDEA to watch who is buzzing about them publicly. There is a good chance they are scanning the forums and trying to link nics with pages from their crawls.
Anyway it is a rouge bot (probably templates stealing) and bogus traffic.
| 6:32 pm on Aug 3, 2001 (gmt 0)|
I've got this as well, but, littleman, sorry for being so stupid, but why would someone do this?
| 7:09 pm on Aug 3, 2001 (gmt 0)|
This has been hitting me for 2 years...long before I showed up here.
I think it's a spider for some type of government op. Whose government I don't know.
| 7:12 pm on Aug 3, 2001 (gmt 0)|
>>>some type of government op. Whose government I don't know
Conspiracy Theorists Unite!
| 7:42 pm on Aug 3, 2001 (gmt 0)|
Here is a related thread. I just can't see a Gov. agency using random proxies and dial ups to scavenge the web with such a attention getting referrer. The bot may not be seo related, but it just feels like it's a thief if some kind. The IAEA.org referrer is perfect for buzz tracking. They were coming at me from my Excite listings which made me think it might be an seo ripping bot.